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ANTH 2130 6.0: ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH THE VISUAL: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE/IRRESISTIBLE IMAGES

ANTH 2130 6.0: ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH THE VISUAL: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE/IRRESISTIBLE IMAGES

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AP/ANTH 2130 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH THE VISUAL: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE/IRRESISTIBLE IMAGES

Course Director: Prof. L. Davidson - lmdavids@yorku.ca

How are images a form of communication?  How do photographs, political cartoons, memes and visual art embody social meaning and interaction? In this course, students are introduced to a variety of visual forms of representation including, but not limited to films, advertisements, public art, cartoons, graphic novels, and social media to understand how the visual conveys cultural lives and experiences.  We will start with the politics of representation and authority, particularly who is made visible, who is rendered invisible, and who is occluded in visual representations. We will address anthropology’s role in othering and objectifying various groups of people. Then, we will untangle the relationship between public memory, “truth”, and “cancel culture” and the conditions that contextualize the production and defacement of national monuments and memorials. We will unpack how and why movies, street art, graffiti, and other visual technologies produce, and are produced by meaning, fantasy, and desire of and for various publics. In the later section of the course, we will cover the potential of anthropology as research creation by assessing the discipline’s visual methods for ethnographic documentation.  We will conclude by discussing how certain groups, such as Idle No More and Black Lives Matter, are creating political interventions through social media and gaining traction as political social movements.

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